Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Ceisteanna (269)

Thomas P. Broughan

Ceist:

269. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of recipients of the one-parent family payment each year since 2016 to date; the number of recipients that moved to the jobseeker's transition payment in each of the years since 2016 to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27138/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The table below outlines the number of recipients of the one parent family payment (OFP) each year since 2016 to date, the numbers of OFPs who transferred onto JST, and the overall number of JSTs at each date:

Date

Dec-16

Dec-17

Dec-18

May-19

OFP

40,317

39,310

39,580

39,417

OFP Transferred to JST

1,811

1,550

1,528

899

Overall JST

14,580

14,618

14,796

14,947

The Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment is a crucial support for lone parents which allows these customers to balance their work and caring responsibilities and, significantly, reduces their requirement for child care. The payment also offers a tapered support to these customers as their children get older.